American Announces Largest Aircraft Order in Aviation History, Will Establish Youngest and
Most Fuel-Efficient Fleet among U.S. Airline Industry Peers in Five Years
On July 20, 2011, American announced the largest aircraft order in aviation history with landmark agreements with Airbus and Boeing. These new agreements pave the way for American to have the youngest, most fuel efficient and modern fleet among its U.S. airline peers in roughly five years. In addition, the agreements with Boeing and Airbus will continue American’s fleet simplification efforts, allowing the airline to transition from four fleet types (MD-80, 737-800, 757 and 767-200) to two families, the B737 and the A320, which offer significant commonality within each family.
Under the new agreement, American will acquire 460 narrowbody aircraft from the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families beginning in 2013 through 2022. Starting in 2017, American will begin taking delivery of the Airbus “Neo” next generation narrowbody aircraft that that will accelerate fuel-efficiency gains. American also intends to purchase 100 of Boeing’s expected new evolution of the 737, which would offer even more significant fuelefficiency gains over today’s models when this option becomes available to customers. American is the first airline to commit to Boeing's expected new 737 family offering.
American will purchase 260 Airbus aircraft from the A320 family with 365 options and purchase rights for additional aircraft. American has the flexibility to convert its delivery positions into variants within the A320 family, including the A319 and A321.
American will take delivery of 130 current-generation aircraft beginning in 2013. Beginning in 2017 American will begin taking delivery of 130 A320-family aircraft with Airbus’ “Neo” next-generation engine technology, which is approximately 15 percent more fuel efficient than today’s models. American will be the first U.S. network airline to deploy this new-technology aircraft.
The A320 single-aisle jetliner family (composed of the A318, A319, A320 and A321) is used in a full range of services from very short-haul airline routes to intercontinental segments, on operations from challenging in-city airports to high-altitude airfields.
The A320’s advanced technology includes the extensive use of weight-saving composites, an optimized wing that is 20 percent more efficient than previous designs, a centralized fault display for easier troubleshooting and lower maintenance costs, along with Airbus’ fly-by-wire flight controls.
With the newest Airbus comes with several unique features designed to provide customers a more contemporary and innovative travel experience: